Hosting Students in a Rural Setting
September 27, 2018
By: David Dick, HRMC President & CEO
For the first time since the program’s inception in May 2011, Huron Regional Medical Center was privileged to host two health professions students as part of the Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students (REHPS) summer experience.
Earlier this summer, Christine Duerksen and Shelby Van Driel arrived in Huron to spend four weeks learning about
rural healthcare delivery at HRMC and our clinics, as well as immersing themselves in our community.
Huron is one of 15 communities in South Dakota hosting 30 REHPS students this summer. When choosing sites, REHPs organizers look for a facility interested in the education of health professions students and an understanding of how important it is to give these students a first-hand look at how rewarding a career in rural medicine can be. Organizers also look for vibrant and active communities who will welcome students and hopefully entice them to return when they are finished with their education.
Previously, Huron did not meet the “rural” criteria for the program – so, I am pleased to have this opportunity. We so enjoyed hosting Christine, a Bridgewater wife and mother of three, who will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing from the Mount Marty College in May 2019; and Shelby, a Lesterville native, who will graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy from South Dakota State University in 2020.
Christine and Shelby spent time in nearly every hospital and clinic department and also engaged in the community. At the end of their experience, they each presented what they learned in their time here – and suggested ways we can improve our processes and the care we provide our patients. As an exciting side note, Shelby has started working as a pharmacy tech while she finishes her schooling.
Knowledge is one of our hospital core values and certainly our stewardship to our community. Being a part of rural education not only benefits the students, it also will help us attract future caregivers to HRMC and the Huron community.
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